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December 2013

Philadelphia

EXCLUSIVE TIDBITS: The Real Housewives of NJ at Revel Resorts Casino Filming Secret Scenes

This past weekend the Real Housewives of NJ (RHONJ) checked into one of my favorite casino/resorts Revel Resorts, in Atlantic City. The girls Melisa Gorga, sister-in-law Teresa Giudice, a returning RHONJ Dina Manzo and three new wives, twins – Teresa and Nicole Napolitano and Amber Marchese – arrived on Friday and were captured by instagramer Isaac Salazar in the following two photos.

The RHONJ are about as real as the wrastling my grandpop watched when I was a kid. Here’s Melissa Gorga and her sister in law, Teresa “I’m not going to Jail without a fight” Giudice (Giudice is charged with a staggering total of 41 counts of fraud and may be sent to prison with her husband Joe Giudice for a seriously long time.) These two are constantly portrayed as on again, off again fighting, but they’re laughing all the way to the bank, well at least one of them is. The other well they’re paying their past tax bill I hope.

The gals checked in on Friday afternoon. They all had adjoining suites, and a lot of filming occurred there during their stay. On the first day the gals got a private burlesque lesson, and in the evening headed over to the Royal Jelly Burlesque Hall (as you can see in this screen grab. Note lady dancing on runway,) for a show.

At one point one of the housewives joined the professionals on stage, as the others enjoyed their VIP section complete with stripper pole. Can’t wait to see this episode.

carloscrazyself posted a photo of Melissa Gorga, Dina Manzo and three of the new Housewives Teresa and Nicole Napolitano and Amber Marchese at Royal Jelly. On Saturday, the gals filmed a scene on the casino floor, had dinner at Azure, then headed to HQ for a night of dancing. This is the 2nd time they’ve come to Revel Resorts to film scenes for the show. (I was just in AC this weekend, I stayed at the Borgata, had the best dinner at Michael Schulson’s Izakaya , but I have to say Revel Resorts is my number 1 stay, beautiful, new, (& new slots) and it doesn’t smell like smoke.)
Outlets will have you think that this season is the new vs the old, and their was a battle, and in this season that’s where the battles are going to stem from, especially since there is no longer a Melissa and Teresa feud “family has to stick together”.  We love to watch this train wreck, and until someone comes out with the script we continue to believe it’s reality.
You know what is real. Teresa Guidice and hubby Joe’s legal problems. It really is quite a shock that someone on a successful franchise as the Real Housewives series could have such financial problems, especially breakout star Teresa Guidice. Not since irritating Bethany has there been such an amazing entrepreneur than Teresa. I would much rather watch a talk show with Teresa than some kvetchy winey chick like Bethany. Anyway, sad to report that she’s down to hawking anything to keep her family afloat. I would support her. I’m sad to see her in such a pickle. I photographed her in October at a poorly promoted wedding expo at the Pa Convention Center, I even bought one of her cook books.
Sunday the cast checked out of Revel Resorts so Teresa and Joe could promote her new sparkling wine Fabellini at Bayway World of Liquors in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Nothing Fabellini about their lives lately. Best wishes to her and her strength in 2014
(A few of the pixs were taken from All Things Real Housewives)

Philadelphia

PHILLY’S BIGGEST CELEBRITY STORIES IN 2013 – MOST GOING VIRAL NATIONALLY

This morning I had a segment on Fox 29 on Philly’s biggest celebrity moments: Here’s what I chose.

After the July 19th show, Taylor Swift, Austin Mahone and Ed Sheeran
popped into Ralph’s in the Italian Market for a late-night dinner. Swift,
seen above in Ralph’s dining room center, had chicken parm. Swift left a $500
tip on an $800 check (that’s 62.5%), which may just make her the most
generous 23-year-old on the planet. (photo taken by Ralph’s Italian
Restaurant and used by permission.)

During the meal someone at the restaurant tweeted to Taylor Swift thanking her for stopping in. Well you know the fans are all over twitter and following her. They saw that and hightailed it to the restaurant with mom in tow, some mom’s were in PJ’s. When Taylor’s peeps saw that she made a speedy exit through the kitchen, and was then escorted back to the Four Seasons with a 3 police motorcycle motorcade.
Because of the Film Tax Credit fiasco, we lost so many productions to other cities. The first one to return after nearly a year’s absence was Franny, starring Richard Gere. Where ever he went he was a true gentleman signing autographs and posing for photos.
Same goes for little Dakota Fanning and co-star Theo James. Although Theo isn’t an America star yet, he has a huge following and everyday his fans would write me on his whereabouts.

Justin Bieber fans waiting in the 100F weather at the Four Seasons for him, but he never showed up.
Justin Beiber was supposed to check into his the Four Seasons before his
concert Oh baby. Justin Bieber seems to be inventing more and more
creative ways to cause controversy. After jet skiing in Long Island,
then partying until the early morning hours on Tuesday night (July 18)
in New York City, he angered hotel staff at the Philadelphia Four
Seasons when he failed to show up after reserving 18 rooms. Justin
canceled the block of rooms, including the luxe Presidential Suite “at
the very last minute,” leaving behind a carton of pop rocks he demanded
be in his room. He said he was afraid of the Philly Paparazzi as an
excuse. (Justin Beiber Instagram). It’s ok, the kid has blown up his career. His movie failed, his CD failed, he’s in a nose dive surrounded by people who are sucking the air out of him. Hello Austin Mahone, take a look at Justin and do better.

 

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian went to this Wendy’s late one night after his concert. Only one photo exists, I hear it was taken by his staff member and tweeted out “they’re just like us”, well that and a few million dollars. What they are, are a master publicity machine. Kudo’s to them.

The biggest Celebrity Moment in Philly, and one that went super viral….
Sad, Sad Drake – I chatted this up on Fox 29, then sent it over to my editor at PhillyMag.com, Brian Howard, who titled it. It went viral all over the world.
was staying at Hotel Monaco. When his concert was
cancelled, he headed back to the hotel bar where he ran into Laura
Roberts, who’s engaged to Eagles player Kurt Coleman. They asked him to
pose for a photo and he did. Recently I chatted with Laura and asked
her how the photo came about, she said that she and the gals were in the Vapor Room at Stratus Lounge. The powers that be came into the space and cleared it out except for their reserved party. Drake came in and they asked for a photo, and he was super nice and complied. And that’s how Sad Drake came about. Congrats to Laura Roberts and Kurt Coleman on their 2/7/14 wedding. (Laura Roberts and used by permission)
Philadelphia

New Year’s Day in Philly – Fireworks & Mummers Parade Schedule and Franklin Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
6PM & 12 Midnight Shows
Don’t miss this year’s spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River!
Best viewing spots: Penns Landing
Drive carefully, people get a little crazy near show time
ALSO
Franklin Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown − A family-friendly version of the
famous
New Year’s Eve celebration with a dropping “square” in lieu of the
famous ball.  Families are invited to enjoy music and crafts beginning
at 3 pm on December 31 in Franklin Square. The celebration culminates
with an exciting countdown to 6 pm with the lowering of the New Year’s
Eve Square from its perch high above SquareBurger.  Guests have a great
view of the Penn’s Landing 6 pm fireworks from the Square. (FREE). 
Appearance by Andrea Duffy and MORE101.  Sweet and savory
seasonal selections provided by The Cow and the Curd, The Grill Cheese,
and Surf and Turf Truck from the Philadelphia Food Truck Association
from 4 – 8 pm.

WHERE:         Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets
WHEN:           Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 5:55 pm
                        “Square Drop” countdown to 6 pm
DETAILS:      
The Square Drop, which started in 2010, has become a delightful family
tradition, which includes family fun and fireworks.  The 2-foot by
2-foot cube sits 30 feet above the ground atop its perch on SquareBurger
and is lowered during the countdown. It contains over 1,200 lights in
the colors of the Franklin Square logo.  Kids can enjoy dancing and
music in the Pavilion in Franklin Square after the fireworks, and the
park will remain open until 8 pm, with the final showing of Franklin
Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. New Year’s Eve in
Franklin Square is sponsored by Adventure Aquarium.
Franklin
Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show is a free light
show that illuminates the Square through December 31 nightly. The
Square’s nighttime magic begins at 4 pm, with the first showing of
Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle igniting at 4:30 pm. The light
show creates holiday charm in the Square every half hour every evening
(weather permitting) through December 31, 2013 (closed Thanksgiving and
Christmas).  Eight shows run each night, with the first one at 4:30 pm
and final show at 8 pm. Each night at 4:30 pm, a young guest will be chosen from the crowd to “ignite” the first show. 
The two seven-minute alternating shows each feature two of the
following songs:  “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival” by The Philly
POPS® conducted by Music Director Emeritus Peter Nero and “Carol of the
Bells” remixed by Starchild Excalibur. 
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The Mummers are distictivly a Philadelphia Tradition, and I love them.
Schedule:

The Comics get the show started at 9:30 a.m. from Broad and Washington.

The Comic Wenches start at 10:30 a.m. from Broad and Dickinson.(Create a Wench Costume for yourself.)
The String Bands start at 10:30 a.m. from Broad and Shunk.

The Fancy Divisions begin at 10:45 a.m. from Broad and Passyunk.

The Fancy Brigades get going at 1 p.m. from Broad and Oregon.(Marching Order)
Viewing areas: Performances take place at Washington Avenue, Sansom, Pine and Shunk
streets. The main judging area is at 16th Street and JFK Parkway.

PHL 17 airs a pre-parade show at 9:30 am., with
live coverage starting at 10. The station also is streaming the event
live online at PHL17.com/stream.


Fancy Brigade Finale: The
Convention Center does a show with 11 Fancy Brigade clubs and more than 3,500
performers present two shows: a family affair at noon and an evening
performance at 5 p.m. Tickets, from $13 to $20, can be purchased at www.comcasttix.com 

Rain date: Jan. 4, or if that day is bad,

Jan. 5.

For more information:

www.phillymummers.com

 Park for free at SugarHouse Casino and hop on the free Mummers Party
Bus! Departs from SugarHouse every hour on the hour starting at 10AM. Dress warmly.
Free Events & Get out of the Cold: Stop by the Kimmel Center for all day long
Kimmel
Center Hosts Annual
New Year’s Day Celebration w.
FREE Family Friendly Entertainment
& NEW Garces Group VIP Lounge
Wednesday, January 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 3:30
p.m.

Balloon Artist, Face Painter
and Philly Pholders

Bring the kids for balloon sculptures courtesy of Black Cat Balloon Company, face painting, and crafts for everyone to enjoy.

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11am
Steve Pullara and The Cool Beans Band
Grammy Award®-winner Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band bring live
entertainment to the stage for the littlest music lovers! This
performance, part of our monthly PNC Grow Up Great program, will bring
music and story to life – entertaining parents and kids
alike.

12:30pm
The Ukuladies
The Ukuladies are a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one
tap-dancing-cousin act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its
idle curiosities. Come and join the “ladies” as they share cowboy love
songs, Ruth Wallis medleys, faves from the ’30s
and ’40s, and a host of original hits!
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Broadway Dreams Foundation: Celebrating Broadway!
Students from the Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensive program
perform your favorite Broadway tunes along with selections from our
current 2013/14 Broadway Philadelphia season.
4pm
The Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team
Featured on Good Morning America last summer, The Camden
Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team was established more than 25 years ago
and combines choreographed hip-hop and runway into exciting drill
routines. 
Happy, Happy New Year!!
Come back on January 2 and check out the fashions of New Year’s Day!!